Stay Focused

Happy December, scholars and families! We are halfway through the second quarter of the school year. For seniors, your counselors will send your first semester transcripts to your colleges and universities. For my remaining scholars in grades 6-11, you have a chance to reflect on successes and challenges. Before we move into 2019, I want to share four tips to help you finish 2018 strong.

Every Assignment Counts

Teachers assess what you learned in class by what you submit every day. This includes warm-ups/do now activities, classwork, and homework. Some teachers give grades for class participation! This is not the time to take a break, skip an assignment, or forget to change out for gym. Zeros can destroy your grades.

Let’s say you have a 100 average in class. If you forget to turn in one assignment, it brings your 100 A to a 50 F.

100+ 0=100; 100÷2=50 F (average)

Turning in something for a grade is better than turning in nothing. Earning a B on an assignment is okay. An occasional C will not hurt your final grade.

100+80=180; 180÷2=90 A (average)

Turn in every assignment. Scholars, talk with your teacher if you have missing work. Parents, schedule a conference if you notice major grade issues.

Utilize Your Resources

Your teachers are here to help you. Talk with your teachers about extra opportunities for help. Here are some possible times teachers can provide extra help:

  • Before school
  • During lunch
  • After school
  • During advisory period

Your teacher will help you as long as you take the initiative to ask for help. Another helpful resource in your building is the school counselor. Your counselor can help you with the following skills:

  • Studying effectively
  • Goal setting
  • Taking better notes in class
  • Building relationships

Your counselor is here to help you! They want to work with you, your families, and teachers to help you succeed.

Develop Your Plan

Scholars, you are responsible for your learning. You have the opportunity to go to college, learn a vocational trade, join the military, or own a business. You are accountable for every action and choice you make in school. Here are some great questions to consider while you set goals for this semester:

  • What do I want to learn in class?
  • How can I take advantage of my talents and skills to grow?
  • How can I manage my free time effectively?
  • How can I balance my school/ home/extracurricular activities and still have fun?
  • What am I willing to change to achieve my goals?

Remember, plans are flexible. You can always make adjustments and revisions to thrive in school. I believe in your success. Let’s finish 2018 strong!

School Daze

Welcome back to school, scholars!Hopefully, everyone feels settled with with teachers, classes, and homework. If you’re feeling dazed or confused, I’m here to help! Here are a few strategies to help you succeed for the rest of the first quarter.

Turn in Your Homework

Homework is an opportunity for you to practice what you’ve learned in class. It’s also a chance for you to gain knowledge by reading and answering questions. Homework is also a major part of your grade! When you turn in homework, you earn points toward your final grade. When you don’t turn in homework, zeros pull down your grade. If you want every point to count, turn in your homework!

Ask for Help

If you don’t understand a topic or if you need additional clarity, ask for help. Your teachers are here to help you. Teachers can provide help before school, after school, or during lunch. Teachers are willing to answer questions or provide additional insight on a topic.

Your school counselor is another great resource in the building. Counselors can help you with study and organizational skills. They can also help set and execute goals. Counselors can also teach you how to problem solve, communicate with teachers, and build relationships.

Make Time to Study

You should take at least one hour every day to read and review your notes. Your study time should include reviewing vocabulary, practicing your instrument, and reading for class. If you’re a middle or high school student, you may need more than one hour to study. The more you study now, the better you’ll do on test and quizzes later. Avoid cramming and study every day!